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6:25 PM ET, October 6, 2007


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High Level Debate Stalled Syria Air Strike  —  U.S. Was Concerned Over Intelligence, Stability to Region, Officials Tell ABC News  —  The September Israeli airstrike on a suspected nuclear site in Syria had been in the works for months, ABC News has learned, and was delayed only at the strong urging of the United States.
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
SYRIA UPDATE....ABC News reports that the United States was initially opposed to an Israeli strike against a military base in northeast Syria: … But was it really a nuclear site?  Here's a hint from Aviation Week: … Obviously I'm just playing amateur sleuth here, but it doesn't seem …
Jim Hoagland / Washington Post:
North Korean Mystery
Discussion: Corrente and SWJ Blog
Meryl Yourish /   The Syria strike: It was nukes
Petula Dvorak / Washington Post:
Fort Hunt's Quiet Men Break Silence on WWII  —  For six decades, they held their silence.  —  The group of World War II veterans kept a military code and the decorum of their generation, telling virtually no one of their top-secret work interrogating Nazi prisoners of war at Fort Hunt.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   A Look Back At Interrogation History
Faiz / Think Progress:
O'Reilly Lets Loose: Says WH Reporters Need To Be 'Wiped Out,' Calls CNN 'The Pagan Throne'  —  In an interview with Bill O'Reilly last night, former White House press secretary Tony Snow said that his future career plans may include writing a book on cancer and possibly returning to Fox News.
Justin Juozapavicius / Associated Press:
Scandal brewing at Oral Roberts  —  TULSA, Okla. - Twenty years ago, televangelist Oral Roberts said he was reading a spy novel when God appeared to him and told him to raise $8 million for Roberts' university, or else he would be "called home."  —  Now, his son, Oral Roberts University …
Paul Von Zielbauer / New York Times:
The Erosion of a Murder Case Against Marines in the Killing of 24 Iraqi Civilians  —  Last year, when accounts of the killing of 24 Iraqis in Haditha by a group of marines came to light, it seemed that the Iraq war had produced its defining atrocity, just as the conflict in Vietnam had spawned the My Lai massacre a generation ago.
Evan Kohlmann / Counterterrorism Blog:
The Sunni Insurgency Has Become a "Disaster": An Estranged Former Ally Lashes Out, Accusing Al-Qaida of Torture and Murder in Diyala  —  In a rather stunning development, the Iraqi Islamic militant faction known as Asaeb al-Iraq al-Jihadiya (a.k.a. "the Iraqi Jihad Union") …
New York Post:
AN IMMODERATE MODERATOR  —  So, should viewers of Tuesday's Re publican presidential debate expect an exchange of views between the candidates - or between the candidates and one of the event's moderators?  —  It's a fair question, given the jaw-dropping comments Thursday evening from MSNBC blowhard …
Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
I am creating artificial life, declares US gene pioneer  —  Craig Venter, the controversial DNA researcher involved in the race to decipher the human genetic code, has built a synthetic chromosome out of laboratory chemicals and is poised to announce the creation of the first new artificial life form on Earth.
Prosecutor in Sex Sting Kills Self  —  Florida Prosecutor Charged in Child Sex Sting Committed Suicide in his Jail Cell  —  In this file photo released by the Macomb County Sheriffs Department, John David R. Atchison, 53, of Gulf Breeze, Fla., is shown in Mount Clemens, Mich., Sunday, Sept. 16, 2007.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
WKMG-TV:   Prosecutor Accused In Sex Sting Kills Himself
Farhana Hossain / The Caucus:
What's on a Lapel?  —  Senator Barack Obama's comments about the absence of an American flag pin on his lapel created dustup on the campaign trail yesterday.  When asked why he wasn't wearing a flag pin in a television interview on Wednesday he said he had stopped wearing one because he felt that the pin …
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
NAME THAT PARTY (PHONY SOLDIER EDITION)  —  I believe that it's Glenn Reynolds who created the "name that party" series linking to MSM scandal stories burying the party affiliation of the involved officeholders.  In today's installment, the AP reports "Atlantic City mayor drops out of sight."
Discussion: Breaking News …
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Rep. Jo Ann Davis dies of breast cancer  —  Rep. Jo Ann Davis (R-Va.) has passed away from breast cancer, her office announced Saturday.  First elected in November 2000, Davis has been battling breast cancer for several years.  —  Davis is the fourth House member to die this year …
Discussion: The Swamp
Cagle Cartoons / The Moderate Voice:
Welcome To "The Nanny State"  —  Welcome to the Nanny State  —  By Bill Steigerwald  —  With his book "Nanny State," Denver Post columnist David Harsanyi has thrown a conservative-libertarian rope around a disturbing political and cultural trend — the nannification of America by moral busybodies …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Sadr Capitulates?  —  Moqtada al-Sadr has signed an agreement with his Shi'ite rivals in southern Iraq to end all hostilities between them.  The Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council, which recently signed a peace agreement with the central government and the Kurds, has now managed to put Sadr into its coalition …
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Accounts Vary on U.S. Attack That Killed 25 Iraqis
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Carol J. Williams / Los Angeles Times:
War court prosecutor quits post
Dave Davies / NPR:
Garry Wills, Meditating on the Church-State Divide
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Discussion: The Debate Link
The Onion:
Third Amendment Rights Group Celebrates Another Successful Year
Associated Press:
Bush hints at spending more on children's health bill
PA official: We won't come to conference without declaration
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Ledeen / Opinion Journal:
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Discussion: The Corner
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Governor, you're no Jack Kennedy
Discussion: TPMCafe blogs
Media Matters for America:
"Media Matters"; by Paul Waldman
Discussion: TalkLeft
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Democrats look to make Minnesota the Massachusetts of the Midwest
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and MyDD
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
With Him or Against Him  —  THE BLACK-AND-WHITE WORLD …
Discussion: The Corner and TBogg
Ezra Levant / The Shotgun:
150 million pages of fighting the good fight
Discussion: The Corner and Jay Currie
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Bush Says Interrogation Methods Aren't Torture
The Atlantic Online:
I am my own lodestar